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A short history of jeans

Have you ever wondered who invented the jeans or when and where they were invented? They have been casual for more years than you can ever imagine – from the 1950s to be specific. The fashion of this casual wear heightened since about the 1970s and until to date their designs and styles keeps on changing a factor that has maintained their fashionability. Denim is more than just cotton; it arouses a lot of feelings from historians, designers, teenagers and writers stimulating a lot of interests especially in the debate about their true origin.

These days, the jeans are made of denim but in the early 17th-century denim and jean material were very different. The name comes from the material that was used which was called “bleu de Genes’ in French and often knitted from linen or cotton. The jeans were initially referred to as ‘waist overalls’ because they were mainly meant for factory workers but the name changed in the 1960s when other people including students started wearing them.

May 20th, 1873 is considered as the birthday for the blue jeans although they had been around earlier, it was the act of putting rivets on the pants that created what we now know as jeans. It was the day when Jacob Davis and Levi Straus obtained a patent to put the rivets on the pants. In the early times, they came in mainly two styles which are; brown cotton and indigo blue which was made from the indigo plant imported from India.

From the early 1950s, these pants have mainly been associated with the youth, new ideas, individuality and with rebellion because most American college students used to protest while wearing these types of pants. From then, the denim acquired a bad name and associated with people who question authority. We can comfortably conclude that denim pants have made our lives easier and comfortable giving us a little history whenever we put them on.

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